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ababab >>> making news this tuesday ll the u.s. lead the quest to crush gadhafi's forces? >>> severe spring weather. one of california's biggest rainmakers ever. spawning blizzards and tornadoes across the country. >>> and dancing debut. kirstie alley, even the karate kid, begin their quest for the mirrorball trophy. >>> good morning. the no-fly zone in libya appears easier to enforce this morning after another round of military might. >> here, now, are the latest developments from libya. u.s.-led air strikes lit up the skies over tripoli for a third night. >> but the american military commanders are looking to hand over control of this operation as soon as possible. >> president obama says, while moammar gadhafi needs to go, the libyan leader is not the target of the air strikes. emily schmidt begins our coverage this morning in washington. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning to you. moammar gadhafi has kept an uncharacteristically low profile the past couple of days. no signs of him amidst all the signs of an expanding no-fly
? what are the risks to the u.s., and what about the threats to bomb airlines? >>> tonight, disaster in the pacific as the frightening aftershocks continue. radiation turns up in the japanese food and water supply. amid signs of progress at the nuclear reactors. >>> good evening. it was a history-making day for this nation. a nation still at war in iraq and afghanistan. the u.s. has now joined a third battlefront, firing missiles into another nation, libya. a coalition of 21 countries trying to stop moammar gadhafi from waging war on his own people. before the attack, there were dramatic images of a libyan military plane brought down, not clear how, as gadhafi forcess continue to descend on the rebel stronghold. what is at risk for the united states tonight and what happens next? our team has been reporting on the big events all day, and we'll begin with martha raddatz in washington. martha. >> reporter: the u.s. and its allies said they would protect the people of libya, and that's what they're trying to do tonight, but there's no question we're at war once again, and the u.s. for n
>>> making news in america this morning. >> president obama gets ready to make his case for the u.s. role in libya. today's speech to the nation comes as libyan rebels go on the offensive. >>> japan rattled by another earthquake as the credibility gap widens in confusing statements about that criminalled nuclear plant. >>> and back here at h final four final four bound. virginia commonwealth gets ready for another wild week after another march madness stunner. >>> good morning. we begin with libya where rebel forces are advancing on the capital tripoli this morning. >> and there's an unconfirmed report they've already taken moammar gadhafi's hometown which is a government stronghold, the rebels are benefitting from they air strikes by the international coalition. >> and tonight, president obama tells the american people why the u.s. thread effort. abc's emily schmidt joins us with more. good morning. >> reporter: peggy and rob good morning to you. this is now day ten of the no-fly zone over libya. president obama plans to address the nation tonight about libya. he's expected to say
there is no sign dangerous radiation is coming here. >>> good evening. as we come on the air tonight, the u.s. navy is now racing to the rescue in japan. where there is word that electricity is about to return to the fukushima nuclear plant, and the u.s. is flying in five giant pumps from a navy base in nagasaki. they are pumps that can deliver enormous amounts of water, after we all watched today as the helicopters tried to spray water, but to no avail. our reporters are out in force on the story tonight. and we will go to japan in a moment. but first, let's head to martha raddatz who has been talking all day to the u.s. officials who are now helping the japanese. martha? >> reporter: diane, every day, the nuclear monster seems to get more frightening. but there is some hope tonight from that big u.s. push to send in water pumps. this coming after last ditch efforts by the japanese failed. one expert told us it's like using a squirt gun to put out a forest fire. japanese fire trucks using riot control water hoses to tackle red hot nuclear reactors. helicopters swooping overhead, dropping bucket af
>>> i want to on "nightline" another war? the breaking plus. u.s. and allies prepare to intervene in the bloody war in libya after the u.n. authorizes military action against gadhafi's forces. >> and in a worldwide exclusive, gadhafi's sons talk from tripoli tonight. >>> plus, nuclear code red. we have the latest on the desperate efforts of the japanese to stop the deadly chain of events from turning into a all-out nuclear catastrophe. are they at the point of no return? >>> and the inconvenient truth. the race to cool a stockpile of radioactive fuel rods getting dangerously hot and what scientists fear if that race is lost. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good evening. i'm cynthia mcfadden. we begin in libya where the u.s. and its allies appear poised to take military action on the heels of a u.n. resolution earlier this evening imposing a no-fly zone over the country and authorizing quote, all necessary measures to protect civilians. hours earlier, libya -- we spoke to gadhafi's son. christiane joins me now. you were just in libya, what can you tell us? >> well, i think they
, the u.s., the french, the arabs will all move in. >> let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable. >>> inside hell. for the first time, hear from the workers trapped inside those nuclear reactors when the earthquake hit. and tonight, the head of that plant breaks down in front of the cameras. >>> prince william speaking out and sharing what his grandmother told him about getting through the tough times. >>> and, everyday hero. how one man took one failing school and changed the future of all these kids in just five words. he's our "person of the week." >>> good evening. for one week now, we have been focused on the dangerous unknowns of the nuclear crisis in japan. but tonight, we begin with the unpredictable and dangerous mind of moammar gadhafi. today, president obama told americans that u.s. forces may be called into military action once again, this time, against gadhafi. joining other countries trying to keep the dictator from savaging his own people. tonight, we set out to answer three big questions. will other countries like england, france, arab nations really take the lead
snowing in the disaster areas. >> u.s. officials closely monitoring this crisis say focus is on reactors three and four, where spent fuel rods under great danger of releasing plumes of radioactivity. >> there is no end to the nuclear crisis at the fukishima plant. the focus is reactors three and four, where old, spent fuel rods are releasing plumes of radioactivity. >> hollywood likes to focus on the melt down, melted core, exposed uranium. old fuel is more dangerous because there is more radiation in unguarded pond. >> the mission to cool reactors with helicopters dumping buckets of water failed. the japanese plan is to restart with a new power line, officials fear those may not work if energy is restored which is why the u.s. is sending a high pressure pump. >> all u.s. citizens in japan should continue to monitor situations and follow guidance of the u.s. and japanese governments. >> inside of the plant 180 workers at great right after this tok their lives are being reroe tated in and out of the danger zone. outside thousands are being evacuated. >> the government told us we're safe,
to threaten people there. the japanese government has reached out to the u.s. for nuclear advice. so, eight more experts from the nuclear regulatory commission are now on their way to japan to try to help. rob and peggy? >> emily schmidt, thank you for that report. >>> and japanese officials dealing with the nuclear crisis are, quote, freaked out. that's according to one u.s. counterpart. >> that's putting it mildly. abc's akiko fujita joins us from narita, japan. so, how are the japanese people dealing with news of the leak? >> reporter: what we're seeing out in the stores is any indication, not dealing with it very well. we've heard of panic buying, even in tokyo, which you just heard is 170 miles south of the reactor. we have heard reports of stores being sold out of radios, flashlights, candles, fuel cans. essentially any emergency materials. we've also heard of grocery stores, their shelves being cleared. keep in mind that food and water was already in short supply immediately after the quake hit. people went out to the stores to stock up. now, with reports of the explosion today, peop
gadhafi. we spoke to people on the streets there. they're thankful to countries like the u.s. and france and great britain. they believe this will eventually lead to a free libya. there's a period of insurgency. this is the scary part because of how illogical gadhafi is and because of what he called his thirst for blood. christiane? >> alex, thanks. let's go to the capital of tripoli again. that could soon be ground zero in this con frikt. moammar gadhafi is there. so is allen little, from the bbc. he joins us live. you heard the mood in benghazi. what do you think the next move is in tripoli? how are they portraying it there? >> reporter: well, finding colonel gadhafi. as from his son, saif. largely for domestic consumption. it's not hard to find people around the city here echoing the sentiments. people saying they're willing to die along with the colonel if it comes to that. there's no doubting the sin sart of the people and the passion with which they speak. their devotion gets more intense. the more isolated he becomes from the world. how representative is that voice? no other voice
. america and its allies now just hours away from control of the skies. so what's next for u.s. forces, and what will gadhafi do now? >>> radiation in food from japan. >> fukushima fresh vegetables. >> we do our own tests. >>> and an american family after ten days of hope learns their daughter was lost trying to save others. >>> men, women and jobs. which sex is getting 90% of the new jobs and why? >>> and sibling secrets. are you an older or younger sibling? news about which order gives you an edge in health and happiness. >>> good evening. as we come on the air tonight beginning this week together, the united states is still in the middle of an international assault on moammar gadhafi's libya. but the battle is moving at breakneck speed. it is called "operation odyssey dawn," and as of tonight, the skies are clear. gadhafi's forces have come to a halt though there are still big questions. how soon can the u.s. hand over the lead to other countries? who are these libyan rebels, and are we even on the same side? and what is next? will gadhafi fold, or could this go on for years? we hav
. this morning, target libya. u.s. and european forces pound libya overnight. with a barrage of missile they take out key targets as the u.s. gets embroiled in a new overseas conflict. and now moammar gadhafi is surrounding key sites with women and children to create a human shield. just how involved will the u.s. get and how will this conflict end? >>> hope and fear. nine days after the earthquake and tsunami, an incredible rescue. an 80-year-old woman and a teenage boy found alive. but then there's this. the drinking water in tokyo now tainted with radiation. >>> fall from grace. he was the most famous bear in the world. knut, the polar bear, has died at the young age of 4. so how did he go from the top of the world to this tragic end? >>> and bullied no more. this is the video giving hope to underdogs all over the world. this boy body-slams his bully. this morning he's finally telling his story. what made him snap? >>> good morning. the u.s. is now involved in its third overseas conflict. this one is called "operation odyssey dawn," and throughout the night, we saw images like these. u.s. and
the latest on tonight's fighting. but as president obama leads the u.s. into a third war in a muslim country, many wonder who exactly are we fighting for? we'll take you on a journey to a rebel stronghold for answers. >>> nuclear reality check. it's in the air, it's in the food, it's in the ocean. the fallout from japan's atomic catastrophe. do we know how far the radiation is spreading? what you need to know. >>> and the best kiss. this one was good. that one wasn't bad but no two hollywood smooches are alike. what was the greatest of all, the results next. >>> good evening, i'm bill weir. missiles and muzzle fire are lighting up the north african sky tonight as america and her allies continue to destroy the defenses of moammar gadhafi. the mission, according to president obama, was to stop the libyan dictate they are slaughtering more of his own people, but getting rid of gadhafi, not our job. for the moment, that task is still in the hands of a ragged group of rebels, and with more american blood and treasure on the line alexander markardt set out to find out. >> reporter: hundreds of cru
>>> breaking news this thursday morning. >> getting out. overnight, the u.s. government announces plans to airlift americans from danger. >> it's because of the critical situation at the devastated nuclear plant. workers on a race against time before radiation spreads. but one expert tells abc news, it's almost too late. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz, in for rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. despite little radiation risk in most of japan, this morning, there's a race to leave the country. >> for the first time, the u.s. has authorized the evacuation of family members of american diplomats. charter planes are being used to fly americans away from danger. >> and the u.s. is pressuring japan to step up its efforts to avert a nuclear meltdown. they dropped sea water on the crippled reactors today. a heroic step, since the pilots are risking their lives to complete that mission. >> and the tokyo stock market, dropping once again. >>> it was a night of high-level phone calls over the nuclear crisis, as president obama spoke to the japanese prime minister. >> while
on the u.s. for more help. the non-stop battle. >>> japan's newest heroes, firefighters volunteering to fight the nuclear monster. >>> good morning. we begin with breaking news in the middle east. the u.s. and allies are preparing for a military strike against the government of moammar gadhafi. >> it comes after a vote from the u.n. security council to protect civilians at all costs. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. for weeks now, the world condemned moammar gadhafi's people. now this puts force behind the words. four decades of moammar gadhafi's rule are challenged with a vote. >> translator: ten votes in favor. zero votes against. >> reporter: the u.n. security council voted a no-fly zone to protect rebels. >> this resolution demands an immediate cease-fire and an end to violence and attacks to civilians. >> reporter: this comes weeks after rebel resis tense. gadhafi said attacks are imminent. he said we are coming. we are for t looking for the tr and should have no mercy or c e compassi compassion. gadhafi's son said his family is not afraid. >> what is your
leader's compound overnight. u.s. firepower on display. but for how much longer? >>> radiation risk. spreading now to food and water. but at the devastated plant, some improvements to report today. >>> and the megamerger, set to affect millions of cell phone users. what would an at&t takeover of t-mobile mean for your monthly bill? >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. the u.s.-led coalition is not quite ready to say mission accomplished this morning, even after a weekend of pounding attacks that virtually crippled libya's defenses. >> allied leaders insist gadhafi is not the target of the assault. but a cruise missile did plow into a buildening on his residential compound. >> after that all, what is next? emily schmidt joins us with the latest. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. u.s. war planes led most of the assault on libya over the weekend, including 90 tons of bombs dropped by b-2 bombers that were flown in from missouri. but the pentagon says it expects to hand over control of the operation to allies in a matter of days. libya's m
, there is breaking news from libya. word that the bombing of libya by u.s. and allied forces has struck moammar gadhafi's compound. there are reports that a building in the complex has been destroyed. no word of injuries. this after the pentagon said that the libyan leader himself was not a target. the u.s. is stressing that this is an international effort, but look at this number tonight. 124 tomahawk missiles have been fired into libya so far, all but two fired by the u.s. we tackle three major questions here. how long will this operation last? how long will the u.s. play a leading role? despite what we heard from the pentagon, will gadhafi himself at some point become the target? and, just who are the rebels the u.s. is now backing? our team on it again tonight, leading us off, martha raddatz in washington. martha, good evening. what's the latest? >> reporter: good evening, david. u.s. military attacks on libya have only intensified in the last 24 hours. targeting not just gadhafi's air defenses but his troops and war planes as well. throughout the night and into the dawn, u.s. war planes, i
of condolences today in washington calling for a safety review of all u.s. nuclear plants and offered assurances that harmful levels would not reach the west coast. >> now, state health officials are trying to reassure us tonight that the west coast does not face a serious threat from japan. this one is in san francisco. and uc berkeley scientists put up one on top of the engineering building. california's director of public health says reports are not true. >> there are winds shift sog some will be blowing west. almost all will get washed out by storms that are there and dissipate. >> dr. backer says there may be a slight increase in radiation over next few day buzz amount will be no greater than what we're exposed to on a daily basis. >> many people continue to have concerns about dangerous radiation reaching our shores. rain freedman has been following this story and not everyone believes what they hear from the government. >> that is true. it's more of mistrust. and there are a lot of people still buying radiation dedoctors on ebay, and are buying pills in stores. and there are people saying
. >> and i'm eric thomas. >> a u.s. military jet has crashed. they say the plane was not shot down. both crew members on board managed to eject before the plane crash. one crew member has recovered safely and the operation to get the other crew member is underway now. terry mcsweeney is gathering details and have an update coming up. >>> manpower the roads are wet. we'll get to the latest on our storm with mike. >> we are saying there is a window for clearing that road? >> that is about right now until 2:00 or 4:00. we do have scattered showers mainly over the east bay valleys down to the southern section of the santa clara valley. heaviest rain moving into the eastern section of alameda county, altamont pass, livermore you may run into a shower there. also south of san jose, right along 101, gilroy, that is where we're seeing a little light rain. one more shower in the northern parts of napa county. this is going to bring us heavier rain with a cold front. first, let's go over to megan to find out your morning commute. >> we do have a wind advisory on the bay bridge. here is a live look at t
is allowing family members of u.s. government workers in japan to evacuate. arrangements are being made for charter flights. an earlier white house order told americans in japan to stay at least 50 miles away from the fukushima nuclear plant. japanese military helicopters have been dropping water on that crippled plant today. they're hoping the aerial assault will cool off the reactors and avoid a total meltdown. >>> the japanese stock market opened lower today. taking back yesterday's gains. the yen soared to a new high against the dollar on the currency markets. >>> finally, while the world watches the tragic events in japan, many wonder what we can do here to help. this includes one little massachusetts girl. >> she sprang into action selling her most precious items in hopes that she can help those who need it the most. here's tricia taskey of our affiliate wggb. >> here. >> this is autumn. and it's going to be hard for me to give her away. >> reporter: 7-year-old sage freeman is parting with some of her toys. >> this is tigger. >> tigger is going to be hard. >> reporter: the florenc
week." u.s. and allied bombs and missiles hammer libyan targets. the rebels gain ground. and the president prepares to make his pitch to the american people. >> it's u.s. policy that gadhafi needs to go. >> what if gadhafi stays? just back from the middle east, defense secretary robert gates and secretary of state hillary clinton come to "this week" for the first interviews since the attacks began to make the president's case. what does victory look like? can it be achieved? and at what cost? >>> then -- >> i don't have any regrets at all. >> what would donald rumsfeld do in a third war. and he'll respond to critics who say he's been rewriting history. >>> and george will and the "roundtable" will debate the libyan mission, the president's message. and why one hopeful is having a tough time agreeing with himself. >> announcer: live from the newseum. "this week" with christiane amanpour starts now. >> good morning, i'm jake tapper. christiane is off today. >>> some major developments in libya. rebel forces have scored a key victory taking back the oil town of brega in the
. it could spark intervention from the u.s. and its allies within hours. and david kerley is with the president, who is beginning a trip to latin america, in brazil. good morning, david? >> reporter: the president is in brazil now. waiting to see if the unpredictable moammar gadhafi heeds his warning. and gadhafi may have answered in the last several hours. and that letter that you mentioned, calling the u.n. resolution invalid. and his forces continue to strike at the rebels in the east. this morning, a striking image. a libyan fighter plane, shot down by rebel forces battling moammar gadhafi. the libyan leader had reportedly been bombing the rebels inside his country, despite president obama's stark warning just 12 hours earlier. >> a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable. >> reporter: within hours of that statement, gadhafi's government scrambled, saying it's declared a cease-fire. but this morning, the fighting continues. and there are new questions about if and when the united states and its allies will have to enf
has reached out to the iaea, the international atomic energy agency and to the u.s. the japanese determined here in a desperate race to avoid a catastrophic meltdown. entire families who escaped the shadow of the doomed nuclear power reactors are coming here worried they were exposed to radiation. we were given extraordinary access to the test sites where medical teams wearing hazmat suits used megaphones to direct the parents and their children where to go. they're using geiger counters and hand-held scanners checking everyone one by one, especially the most vulnerable, the children scanning this little girl's hair, and there are countless young faces here. there are three nuclear reactors in trouble tonight at what's called the fukushima daiichi plant. just two days ago an explosion at reactor one released radioactive material into the air, then just yesterday a second blast at reactor three releasing more, and while dramatic, these are not the worst case scenarios. tonight there is new concern about reactor 2 becoming dangerously overheated. inside each of those buildings it's
exactly that works. that country only produces about 3% of u.s. crude, but it does produce a grade of oil easily refined around the world in many places. when it's not available, the demand of that goings up, increasing the price of that. that is why we're paying more. more bad news? the price of oil is going back up this morning. now, i have some good news. i don't want to make it all bad. the good news is that the price in san francisco now is $3.94. that's the average. it was worse back in june of '08. we were paying $4.62. that has to pass as good news this morning. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> that's the best you got, terry? >> that's all i got. (laughter) >> thanks, buddy. bundle up. quan is proposing two new taxes to help the $46 million budget gap. the first is an $80 parcel tax over a five-year period. it needs approval and a $1.99 phone tax that requires only a simple majority. but the voters rejected a similar idea in 2008. governor jerry brown will hold a special election in june on tax issues. plans to put it to that initiative before it goes through. >> a garbage rate hik
're learning of an agreement for the u.s. to hand over a huge part of that bold operation over libya. and tonight, an abc news exclusive. martha raddatz with extraordinary access. behind me, you're looking at the "uss kearsarge." and that's where american jets have been taking off to pound gadhafi targets from the mediterranean. martha spending hours on board with the american commander. tonight, the latest on these new u.s. plans to hand over partial control and she has new details about the rescue of those u.s. pilots ejecting from 22,000 feet. and tough questions for the commander. will this operation be a success in the end? martha landed back at a u.s. naval base in italy just a short time ago and has more on these latest developments. martha, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. there are a lot of details to be worked out about that nato plan, but we did spend a remarkable day jumping from warship to warship with the man currently in charge. general carter ham took charge of africa command on march 9th. ten days later, he was at war. and now, he is here, in the middl
tells americans why he is risking u.s. fighters and all those billions of dollars in libya. >>> women versus walmart. the nation's biggest employer heads to a showdown in the nation's top court, and the subject is sex discrimination. >>> curing diabetes? could surgery -- look at this woman before and now this woman after. could surgery work for 14 million obese americans with type ii of the disease? >>> and 7 years old and sexy? a big company selling push-up bikinis for little girls as a lot of americans are wising up today to say it's time to draw the line. >>> good evening and just a short time ago, president obama took to the air weaves to argue to americans that it's been the right decision for the u.s. to be in libya, to be a part of the allied fight a third battle front if the u.s. he under scored that sus no longer in the lead on the operation. will allows the military force on the line and the cost. jake tapper was there in the hall where the president just spoke. he is at the national defense university in washington still. jake. >> reporter: this evening, president obama exp
>>> making news this thursday morning. >> u.s. troops targeted. killed at an airport by a man shouting in arabic. was it a terrorist act? >>> tales of abuse from a 90-year-old legend. mickey rooney's emotional testimony about a growing problem. >>> and sheen's saga. new tweets from the star overnight. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz, in for rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. german investigators say the frankfurt airport shooting that left two u.s. airmen dead may have been a terrorist attack. >> the german and the u.s. governments are now vowing that those responsible will be brought to justice. emily schmidt joins us now from washington with the latest. good morning, emily. >> reporter: mike and peggy, good morning to you. we're waiting to learn the names of the two airmen who were killed in the attack. the military says they were about to be deployed to support an overseas mission. instead, they died in a place where few would have expected danger. the attack happened just outside the international terminals in frankfurt. at least a dozen air force secur
, whether the u.s. should help the rebels by providing them with weapons. emily schmidt has the latest. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. president obama says he is looking at all options to support the rebels. but when members of the international diplomatic community met in london and had a chance to talk about it, one member said the talk of arming rebels didn't come up. with nato set to take command of military operation, president obama says moammar gadhafi is feeling the pressure. >> the circle around gadhafi understands that the noose is tightening. their days are probably numbered. >> reporter: diplomats from more than three dozen countries met in london yesterday, to discuss libya in a potential post-gadhafi era. >> we must help people plan for their future after the conflict is over. >> reporter: but forces loyal to gadhafi are pushing back rebels from ground they just gained. diplomats say they did not discuss arming the rebels. though, the idea is up for debate. >> there could be a legitimate transfer of arms if i country would choose to do that. >> we are th
. today the u.s. military sent two fire trucks to help battle fires at the fukushima plant. but they haven't been asked to use troops to help. meantime, japan's defense ministry decided against a proposed plan to dump water from helicopters over the badly damaged plants. radiation levels are just too high. you can see in this photo a big hole has opened in the containment vessel around the reactor, and large portions have collapsed. here is more on the plant workers who are putting their own workers putting their own lives in jeopardy to prevent a bigger catastrophe. >> reporter: they are the nameless, brave souls who volunteered or perhaps been asked to be the last line of defense. because they have specific skills and nerves of steel. five workers have already died and two are missing after the latest fire and two dozen are injured. nuclear experts say the skell ton crew are not managers, but probably technicians, men with the schematics of the plant in their head and can fix the clogged vents. they have crawled through the dark mazes, armed with flash lights and radiation detectors wear
be closed for hours. take a look in the oakland hills. u.s. geological survey saying the ground is 90% saturated that might explain the runoff here. hillsides and trees could be giving way. some trails are closed down to prevent hikers getting stuck. >> we're like a sponge and we're having trees fall on the trails. we have our crews out making sure we're keeping what trails we can open. >> reporter: four slides reported in the oakland hills last weekend. this one is in december to give you an idea how long it takes to undue the damage down from the landslides. clean out your storm drains at home and culverts to help prevent back-up and keep water moving where it should go. coming back here in san leandro, the problem is not going where it should go. they have a clogged drain. two southbound lanes are closed maybe for hours. they are going to try to figure what is in the drain and how you tough it is to open up again and then we'll know how long it will be closed this morning. live in san leandro, terry mcsweeney, "abc 7 news". >> kristen: we'll be checking back with you. you were talk
have extremely minor health consequences in the u.s. >> whatever comes here, it will be small amount of radio active particles. >> in japan, radiation contamination is a serious possibility. an e-mail from a plant worker reads, my father is still working at the plant. they are running out of food. we think conditions are tough. he says he has much accepted his fate much hike a death sentence. dan? >> bravery is hard to even fathom. alan wang reporting. >>> as concern grows over the chance of radiation drifting toward the west coast, the u.s. environmental protection agency says it is moving fort mobile radiation detectors around the pacific rim. there are already 12 air monitors including one each in san francisco, san jose, richmond and sacramento. now you can see the data from those monitors for yourself on the website. the site will require you to register. we have a link to it on our website at abc7news.com. just click on see it on tv. >>> again the u.s. government is chartering planes to get americans out of harm's way. they are advising all u.s. citizens to defer all nonessenti
, the u.s. state department is sending charter planes to help bring back american citizens who want to leave and advising americans to stay at least 50 miles from the power plant. here is the latest. >> reporter: with japanese fukushima daiichi plant crippled on the ground desperate efforts are coming from the air. helicopters dumping sea water into the holes of the roof of damaged reactor number three hoping to cool it enough to prevent a nuclear meltdown. the energy commerce says there is talk of apocalypse and i think the word is well chosen. it was considered too dangerous yesterday. they said radiation levels were too high. the. >> we are reminded how american leadership is critical to our closest allies, even if the allies are themselves economically advanced and powerful, there are moments where they need our help. >> the state department is providing aircraft to help americans leave japan and wants to evacuate americans 50 miles of the plant. the japanese zone is much smaller. tokyo's airport is packed with people leaving. like a 15-year-old sent by parents to stay with fami
in the middle of grand central station. and an even bigger reveal. the new jobs being sown in the u.s. right now. >>> good evening. not long ago, a cancer diagnosis felt like a death sentence. not anymore. huge numbers of americans, hundreds of thousands more each year, are surviving and living with cancer. numbers just released from the centers for disease control show that 1 in 20 american adults is now a cancer survivor, almost 12 million of us. we are catching cancer earlier and treating it more effectively. and ron claiborne is here with what it all means for the survivors and the people that love them. this is such encouraging news. >> reporter: this is really important news tonight, george. so many people are now living with and beating cancer. four times as many as 40 years ago. in fact, the cdc said today that for millions of americans, cancer is now a manageable disease. >> reporter: they send us their videos. poignant messages celebrating their struggle against cancer. today, the nearly 12 million adult americans who are cancer survivors, compared to just 3 million in 1970. >> life do
>>> making news in america this morning -- >> the u.s. is transferring command of the operation against moammar gadhafi's force in libya, just as the mission gains more arab support. >>> safety concerns about the nation's air traffic control system after one controller admits to sleeping on the job. >>> and the champion dethroned. duke is dominated by arizona, as the march madness sweet 16 gets into high gear. >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. there is a major change in command in enforcing that no-fly zone over libya. nato has agreed to take charge, now, of those operations. >> and the changeover from u.s. hands could take place as early as tomorrow. emily schmidt is joining us now from washington with the latest details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning to you. the u.s. has been cutting back on its role in this no-fly zone enforcement. in fact, just yesterday, the pentagon said 75% of the combat air missions are now flown by the coalition partners. soon, this transition is going to be official. the no-fly zone over lib
nuclear plant. >> today a team of experts from the u.s. are expected to be on hand to help monitor the damaged reactors. you can also bet they'll have one of these, a geiger counter. the bbc's david shukman explains what they can expect when they get there. >> reporter: day after day, new threats emerge at fukushima, multiple explosions, sudden rises in radiation, a scene so hazardous only 50 workers are left on site to try to bring things under control. getting hard information about the fate of the power station is proving really difficult. here's what we think is happening. reactor one, its outer building exploded on saturday. there's probably been a partial melting inside. and they're still pumping in seawater. reactor two, the most worrying, with an explosion here last night and crucially a potential breach inside it. the first possible damage to any of the reactors. it's thought that this device down below, which handles excess pressure, may have been breached. and this could be one source of leaking radiation. now, reactor three is also in trouble with an explosion of the ou
received the first full face transplant in u.s. history. >> now, this is a procedure that will give a dad his face and also his life back. wcbb reports but we do want to warn you, there are some graphic images in this report. >> reporter: dallas wiens arrived at brigham women's hospital ready to make medical history. last week the 25-year-old became the recipient of first full facial transplant in the u.s. >> to see a face there now after the way he was before, but he looks great. >> reporter: in 2008 the texas man was electrocuted and severely burned after a cherry picker he was working in hit a live wire. the surgery took 15 hours and required a team of 30 doctors and nurses to attach an anonymous donor's nose, lips, facial skin, muscles, nerves and bones. >> he's a perfectly normal man from neck down. and his missing face and everything that brings that to life, so i think it will give him a new chance to reintegrate with his daughter, to be able to live a fulfilling life. >> reporter: wiens was blinded in the accident and remains so. a major goal of the surgery
to offer u.s. assistance. here is the latest. >> in parts of japan hit by an earthquake flattened by a tsunami, a third risk now looms, fears of nuclear meltdown. >> this veekt says it's the most frightening thing but signs of what is happening at the fukushima daiichi plant are not good. all four reactors have had issues including three exposes explosions. >> the prime minister says the leaked radiation level is rather high. >> now we are talking about levels that can impact human health. i would like all of you to take this information calmly. keep inside the house. >> japanese television echoed the warnings affecting 140,000 people. 70,000 have already evacuated. nearby test sites are checking people to see if they have been exposed to radiation. >> this woman seven i worry very much about the radiation. i don't even know what to do. even in tokyo, there are reports of slightly higher radiation levels but they say it's too small to threaten people there. hillary clinton met with japan's foreign minister who expressed gratitude. >> the world comes together to support japan in th
the middle east today, as the u.s. says moammar gadhafi must go. >>> protest nation. wisconsin's two-week sit-in reaches a turning point. while riot police are called to a campus in california. >>> and reaction, letting in after a star athlete is kicked off his team for having premarital sex. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz, in for rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. it's a critical day in libya, as protesters are now being urged to demonstrate their anger. that turnout could show whether moammar gadhafi still has control. >> and president obama has a tough, new message for the libyan leader. emily schmidt has the details from washington. emily? >> reporter: mike and peggy, good morning to you. president obama says there's a danger of a stalemate in libya that could turn bloody. so, for the first time, he is officially saying how the u.s. weighs in. there are reports of new libyan government air strikes on rebel forces trying to get reinforcements on the ground. now, the rebels are getting verbal reinforcements from washington. for the first time, president obama has public
this country ask, why is the u.s. part of this operation? his own defense secretary telling abc news today this is not a vital national interest. so, as the president prepares to address the nation tomorrow, can he convince americans that the u.s. should be involved in this operation? as the u.s. hands over power to nato, what is the end game for american forces? and will there be a deal for gadhafi to get him out? david kerley leads us off at the white house tonight. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. the administration attacked the air waves today, making its case a week into the bombing of libya, a day before the president's big speech. and even the president's own defense secretary admitted on abc's "this week" that libya did not pose a threat. >> do you think libya posed an actual imminent threat to the united states? >> no, no. it was not -- it was not a vital national interest to the united states. but it was an interest. >> reporter: an interest, gates says, because gadhafi threatened to slaughter his own people. facing congressional and public criticism, the president in his
developments on two big stories. is the u.s. preparing to bomb libya? the u.n.'s major decision to protect libyan civilians from the gadhafi regime. >>> and also the race to stop a nuclear disaster in japan. today's desperate emergency action to stop an all outright meltdown. it is friday, march 18th. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. >>> military action against libya could happen in just a matter of hours. meanwhile, moammar gadhafi's son interviewed exclusively with abc news is now responding and is as defiant as ever. >>> and as nuclear crisis escalates in japan, the west coast of the united states is now on alert already monitoring radiation levels there. >> it's funny, too, because they say they have those monitors up already. in seattle, your hometown, will be the first place to know if a wave does hit us. >> and the epa will be watching that closely. that's for sure. >>> we do begin with the dramatic decision to take military action in libya. the u.n. security council voted just hours ago. >> and now the u.s., france, britain and other countries ar
to the u.s. fighting forces in libya. and the stronger signal sent today by president obama that america is ready to turn the lead over to other nations. but jake tapper is at the white house, tackling the question, does this really mean the united states troops will be out of harm's way? jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, just earlier this evening, speaker of the house john boehner just sent a letter to president obama demanding to know when the u.s. is going to hand over command and control to that international coalition. the truth is, diane, the white house does not have an answer. they'd like to do it by the end of this week, but it's unclear that will happen. president obama is quite eager to hand over command and control to the international coalition. >> the exit strategy will be executed this week, in the sense that we will be pulling back from our much more active efforts to shape the environment. we'll still be in a support role. >> reporter: that support role, supplying, jamming, intelligence, is not an exit strategy. it's still a huge commitment, though it would b
injured. fire crews are using seawater to try to cool three reactors there. the u.s. has confirmed that the aircraft carrier ronald reagan and helicopters flying eight missions in japan have been exposed to radiation but no military personnel are recorded sick. we'll get the latest from japan. >> an exposure ripped through another reactor, something officials warned could happen following the first explosion on saturday. the container reportedly wasn't damaged. the radiation leaked but the levels were low. still there's reason for concern. >> we are at a reactor tipping point. either the next 24 to 48 hours they'll get control or you'll get meltdown on more than one reactor, an unprecedented situation. >> hundreds of thousands have been told to evacuate. the message for survivors of the disaster was clear sos. but the mission to deliver help has been difficult. how many numbers of people are stranded and homeless sleeping in makeshift shelterers. there was a shortage of water, food and power. lines stretched for ten city blocks. one mother said i didn't know what to feed my baby. i
for help after dangerously overheated energy plant and fire trucks including one from the u.s. have been able to reach the cooling pool and building 3 this morning. panic is spreading around the plant and reported 10,000 people are fleeing even outside the evacuation zone. more than 16,000 people have been confirmed dead or missing since the quake struck a week ago. now the latest from japan. >> reporter: it's an all out battle to save the fukushima daiichi plant. they went in with high pressure water cannons to spray water to avert a potential meltdown. cruises went in with helicopters dropping 30 tons of sea water. that did little to cool it down at the site site and they said they would not resume aerial operations for now. 300 men are working around the clock to save the plant all opting to remain nameless. a wife sharing her husband e-mail. please live well, i won't be home for a while. >> friday morning a bus now on the way from sendai to tokyo for those worried about the uncertainty ahead. all of the focus is the nuclear reactor has overshadowed the humanitarian crisis that contin
for the libyan no-fly zone. find out what it means for the u.s. coming up. >> plus, the crackdown one state lawmaker is proposing on the sale of regrets is on minors. >> if you missed out on getting a slot in the bay to breakers race, organizers havevevevevevee >>> waking up to a chilly morning. marin county a bit of a break but we have a pretty good cell, a line of storms in the east bay from berkeley right over the bay bridge in to concord and all the way up to rio vista. colder air down in mount hamilton. go to our website at www.abc7.com >> janelle: this morning, authorities in japan suspect a dangerous breach of the number three at the radioactive contamination is worse than previously thought. work to bring the damaged plant is back under control has been suspended after two workers got radiation burns after wading in cooling water. they were 10,000 times above normal indicating possible damage inside the reactor itself. the evacuation around the plant has expanded from 12 miles to 18 miles. the death toll for the march 11th quake and tsunami has topped 10,000 with more than 17,000 li
>> alan: the u.s. has launched the first tom ahack missiles against libya. the united states has officially entered the conflict in libya. 110 cruise missiles have lit up the skies skies in tripoli. here's more on operation odyssey dawn. >> u.s. missiles such as this one have fired the first salvo against libyan air defenses. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy and his forces step up their assault. >> the video of a libyan war plane shot down by rebels is a preview. war planes destroyed several of the rem scream's tanks. president obama warned moammar gadhafi over scenes like this. civilians were taking casualties. >> eunited states will contribute our unique capabilities at the front end of the mission to protect libyan civilians. >> foreign air forces are expected to carry out many of the attacks. the danish fighter jets arrived at u.s.a. fighter base in sicily. >> the no-fly zone is not in effect. >> we're creating the conditions to be able to set up the no-fly zone. >> while the u.s. is leading the front end of the attack, presiden
a comment. >> u.s. and german officials are trying to determine the motive that killed two u.s. airmen and whether the gunmen acted alone. he confessed targeting the u.s. military in what investigators believe is say possible act of islamic terrorism. police armed with body armor were seen patrol be terminals. he pulled out a semiautomatic weapon shouting god is great in arabic. two people died, two others were wounded, the shooter from kosovo was not on any terrorism watch list. >> violence along the u.s./mexico border is a key topic of a discussion between president obama and the mexican president. the two leaders just wrapped up a conference at the white house a few months ago. president obama promised additional aid to secure the peace along both sides of the border. >> citizens and dedicated security forces have lost their lives. i have reaffirmed to the president that in this cause, mexico has a full partner with the united states. because whether they live in texas or tijuana, our people have a right to be safe in their communities. >> well, today's meeting comes three weeks aft
is the u.s. prepared to pay in libya? once again, afternoon a decade of war, a president is sending american troops into harm's way. >> there is no decision i face as your commander in chief that i consider as carefully as the decision to ask our men and women to use military force. >> reporter: but barack obama has now opened another front in america's wars, libya. >> cease-fire must be implemented immediately. that means all attacks against civilians must stop. >> reporter: for nearly a month now, ordinary libyans have risen up to rid their land of the 42-year dictatorship of gadhafi. and after some initial soaring successes, gadhafi's better equipped, professional forces have slowly strangled the rebellion, using air power especially to rain terror down on his own people. so, the u.n. acted. >> translator: the resolution is adopted. >> reporter: imposing a no-fly zone, and president obama committed the united states to the fight. >> let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable. these terms are not subject to negotiation. >> reporter: but the president's bold declaration today
on a scale where 7 is the equivalent of chernobyl. they are asking u.s. officials for help. military fire trucks including one borrowed from the u.s. have reportedly been able to reach the cooling pool in building 3 with some water this morning. meanwhile, more than 16,000 people have been confirmed dead or missing since the quake struck. now, the latest on the nuclear part of the crisis. >> japanese government officials are cautiously optimistic about the fukushima daiichi power plant in northern japan. they connected the cooling equipment to a diesel generator allowing them to pump sea water in. they expect to have another pump to cool another two. >> the work is continuing to put water into the power plant. at the same time, effort is going on to evaluate the results of yesterday's work. >> reporter: and the team continued operations at the facility's most troubled reactor. they doused number three with water cannons and dropped water from the air with helicopters. on thursday, president obama. >> even as responders continue to do heroic work, we know that the damage to the nuclear rea
martha raddatz reports now on the u.s. response. >> reporter: dozens of helicopters from the carrier "uss ronald reagan" are delivering food and supplies nonstop. others are searching for the thousands still missing or stranded by the quake. and the ravaging waters that followed. seven u.s. ships with thousands of sailors aboard are now taking part in the effort with four more ships on the way. >> we're first to respond to anything that goes on in this world. i feel that we are -- we put our best effort forward and we give them all the resources that we would give anybody in america. >> reporter: marines from okinawa and dozens more transport helicopters have moved up the coast of japan. at least 100 air force personnel are working to restore electricity to an air base near the most effected areas. and the 150-member search and rescue teams from virginia and california that have been called upon in so many tragedies, will be moving out into the stricken towns. an indication just how desperate the japanese are for aid, in the 1995 earthquake there where 6,000 people died,
to deal with since world war ii. we're here near the narita airport. the staging ground for u.s. and other international help rushing in. the government is concerned about a second meltdown at a second reaction, and a possible explosion there. it's playing down the idea of leakage of nuclear radiation. and we're going to talk about that. we're going the talk about what we saw today. my team and i went to the north where most devastation has been. my colleagues have reached some of the worst hit areas. as aid officials are also reaching those areas for the first time. we'll have all that in the broadcast. >>> later, jake tapper, my colleague, will turn to all the news from washington. president obama and the united states administration are not only having to monitor this crisis but also the civil war in libya. and as well, a bitter budget battle on capitol hill. but first, to the situation here in japan. let's look at a map of the country. the earthquake struck just off the coast of japan. it sent strong tremors at least 200 miles from the epicenter. the tsunami wave destroyed and damaged
searching for u.s. products. all about creating more american jobs. >>> good evening. we begin tonight with a u.s. exclusive, moammar gadhafi. the flamboyant and brutal dictator at the center of the firestorm in libya. today our christiane amanpour became the only american reporter to sit with gadhafi. he refused to acknowledge libyan protesters. he laughed at demands that he step down, even as anti-government forces rage across his country. so let's go right away to christiane in tripoli. good evening, christiane. you sat right across from the man. the whole world is wondering what he'll do next. what did you hear? reporter: well, diane, i see he was relaxed and focused, determined to tell his side of the story. he exhibited no sense of a siege mentality. on the other hand, he remains incapable of realizing that in this country there is an uprising against him. colonel gadhafi emerged from the first of a convoy of cars, greeting us at a beachfront restaurant as the sun set over the mediterranean. in his trademark flowing robes and gold-rimmed aviator shades, he looked every inch the f
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